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  • European Socialists, Radical Muslims United by ‘Mutual Hatred for Judeo-Christian Culture’

    01/24/2015 5:57:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2015 - 10:17 AM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    European socialists are united with radical Muslims by a “mutual hatred for Judeo-Christian culture,” which is why they continue to defend failed multicultural policies that are promoting the Islamification of Europe, says Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. “It’s called the Red-Green Alliance, red being the socialists and the green being Islam. There’s sort of a mutual interest on both sides to deconstruct the Judeo-Christian culture in Europe,” he explained. “What the socialists don’t realize is that the Muslims hate them even more than they hate the Judeo-Christians, and so once it works out to...
  • Millions of German workers in poverty

    01/24/2015 4:59:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.01.2015 | [se/sb (AFP, epd)]
    About 3.1 million wage and salary earners in Germany had an income below the poverty threshold, according to Saturday’s edition of the Saarbrücker Zeitung newspaper. The paper cited an overview from Germany’s Federal Statistical Office showing the most recent available data, which covered the year 2013. It also showed the numbers of workers struggling to make ends meet jumped from about 2.5 million in 2008—an increase of 25 percent in five years. Data based on household surveys showed that those living on low wages were cutting back on food and heating, among other things, to save money. According to a...
  • Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement (with EU)

    01/24/2015 4:40:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Jan 2015 08:23 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany would be prepared to negotiate a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Russia as a way out of the deadlocked Ukraine conflict, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. Merkel told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Germany was “ready” to open talks about “possibilities for cooperating in a collective trade area”, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. But she said that a precondition for the plan, suggested by Russian President Vladimir Putin several years ago but ignored by European leaders, would be a comprehensive peace agreement in Ukraine. …
  • EU wants internet firms to hand over encryption keys

    01/22/2015 2:22:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 01/22/2015 09:30 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A top EU official wants internet and telecommunication companies to hand over encryption keys to police and spy agencies as part of a wider crackdown on terrorism. The EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, in a document leaked by London-based civil liberties group Statewatch, says the European Commission should come up with rules that require the firms to help national governments snoop on possible suspects. “Since the Snowden revelations, internet and telecommunications companies have started to use often decentralized encryption, which increasingly makes lawful interception by the relevant national authorities technically difficult or even impossible,” notes de Kerchove in the...
  • ECB unveils €1.1 trillion stimulus plan (European Central Bank; $1.25 trillion)

    01/22/2015 2:15:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 01/22/2015 18:09 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Central Bank will plough €1.1 trillion into the eurozone economy in a last-ditch attempt to breathe life into the European economy. At its monthly governing council on Thursday (January 22), the bank’s governing council agreed to start buying up to €60 billion of government bonds from March in an unprecedented quantitative easing program. The program is open-ended, and will run until September 2016 at the earliest. Speaking at a press conference following the governing council meeting, ECB president Mario Draghi said that the bond-buying program would remain in place “until we see a sustained adjustment in the path...
  • UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga ( German union )

    01/22/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Chris Butler
    Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers’ attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga. As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. The UAW’s attempts have so far been unsuccessful. VW workers, by a tally of 712-626, for instance, voted in February not to join the UAW. Members of the NRTW represent an unspecified number of VW workers who oppose the union. They say that VW’s Global Works Council and IG Metall, a...
  • #notinmyname: German Muslims Fear Backlash after Paris Attacks

    01/21/2015 9:41:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 21, 2015 – 01:22 PM | Laura Backes, Markus Deggerich, Jan Friedmann, Maximilian Popp, Barbara Schmid and Steffen Winter
    The vast majority of Muslims in Germany condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But they are concerned that a new wave of Islamophobia may wash over the country anyway. […] Germany has experienced a fundamental shift, from a republic that sought to keep immigrants at arm’s length to one that is now the second-most attractive immigrant country after the United States. But societal cohesion is currently being tested. The anti-immigration, Islamophobic protests in Dresden organized by PEGIDA have shown that there is still a significant amount of angst about foreigners in Germany and the Paris attacks have triggered...
  • [May 11, 2014] French police chased from Muslim zone [You Tube Video w/ English subtitles]

    01/20/2015 7:26:11 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 37 replies
    You Tube Video ^ | Published on May 11, 2014
    French Police investigating a rape are run out of a Muslim neighborhood by "youths".http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ca4_1421804623
  • German official urges Israel: work with international court

    01/20/2015 9:40:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2015 8:37 AM EST
    Germany’s top human rights official has urged Israel to cooperate with the International Criminal Court probe into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. After the investigation was announced last week, Israel’s government immediately said it would not work with The Hague-based court and called for its funding to be cut. The government’s human rights commissioner, Christoph Strässer, said in an interview published Tuesday that Israel’s reaction was counterproductive. …
  • Germany repatriates more gold: Bundesbank

    01/20/2015 12:01:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    The German central bank, or Bundesbank, said Monday that it stepped up the repatriation of its gold reserves from overseas storage last year. “The Bundesbank successfully continued and further stepped up its transfers of gold,” the central bank said in a statement. “In 2014, 120 tonnes of gold were transferred to Frankfurt from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York.” Germany’s gold reserves are the second-biggest in the world after those of the United States and totaled 3,384.2 tonnes this month, according to the latest data compiled by the World Gold Council. …
  • EU calls for anti-terror alliance with Arab countries [Eurabia]

    01/19/2015 8:30:01 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/19/2015 | Lorne Cook
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday called for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost cooperation and information-sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that "we need an alliance. We need to strengthen our way of cooperating together."...
  • To counter terror, Europe’s police reconsider their arms

    01/19/2015 9:22:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2015 2:56 PM EST | Lori Hinnant
    One was a young policewoman, unarmed on the outskirts of Paris and felled by an assault rifle. Her partner, also without weapons, could do nothing to stop the gunman. Another was a first responder with a side arm, rushing to the Charlie Hebdo offices where a pair of masked men with high-powered weapons had opened fire on an editorial meeting. Among their primary targets: the armed police bodyguard inside the room. With the deaths of the three French officers during three days of terror in the Paris region and the suggestion of a plot in Belgium to kill police, European...
  • Europe Offers Israel the Peace of the Dead

    01/19/2015 5:16:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Kenneth Levin
    As parliaments in more and more European nations vote to recognize “Palestine,” European politicians insist they are doing so to promote the objective of an independent Palestinian state living in peace beside a secure Israel. But both the declared aims of Palestinian leaders and the pattern of European policy vis-a-vis Israel and the Palestinians give the lie to European averments of benign intent. Neither party of the divided Palestinian leadership has, to say the least, demonstrated an interest in peace with Israel. Hamas, now controlling Gaza and enjoying extensive popularity in the West Bank, openly trumpets its objective not only...
  • Irish Cabinet minister announces he’s gay

    01/18/2015 9:22:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland says he’s gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Sunday’s announcement on state radio by Health Minister Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. Varadkar said he decided to declare his sexuality in advance of government moves this year to advance gay rights. These include plans to legalize gay marriage, permit homosexual men to donate blood,...
  • TTIP: MEP hails proposal to repeal US Jones Act (by McCain)

    01/18/2015 1:15:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14/01/2015 - 11:05 | Daniela Vincenti
    Liberal MEP Marietje Schaake flagged on Wednesday (14 January) a proposal by US Senator John McCain to repeal the 'Jones Act'. McCain proposed an amendment for the full repeal of the Jones Act, which he considers “an antiquated law that has for too long hindered free trade, made US industry less competitive, and raised prices for American consumers.” The 1920 federal law requires every ship transporting goods or person between US ports to be made in the US, and sail under a US flag, to be US-owned and crewed at least 75% by US citizens. …
  • Some coal plant exports should get financial aid: EU policy paper

    01/17/2015 11:50:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:33am EST | Barbara Lewis
    European makers of equipment for coal-fired power plants should receive financial help to export it, an EU discussion paper seen by Reuters says, in a clash with the bloc’s declared aim to lead the global fight against climate change. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, emitting around twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas when used to generate power. As a result, the European Union is phasing out subsidies for domestic coal plants by 2018 and the European Investment Bank has set an emissions limit for the energy for which it provides preferential loans, meaning coal is excluded....
  • Germany wants robust single energy market, at odds with Britain

    01/17/2015 11:40:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:24pm GMT | Barbara Lewis
    Europe’s energy union needs to be bolstered by EU laws binding on each nation, Germany said in a policy paper seen by Reuters that sets it at odds with Britain. […] After last October’s outline agreement on 2030 climate goals on carbon emissions, increased use of renewable energy and improved energy efficiency, Germany urged the Commission to draw up a proposal on “governance”. Governance refers to legal implementation plans for targets on renewable energy and energy savings. […] That position is diametrically opposed to the stance of Britain, which has called in general for a “light-touch and non-legislative” approach. …
  • Turkish PM: If Europe persists in its ‘Holy Roman attitude’, it is over

    01/17/2015 10:00:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 16/01/2015 - 09:38 | Georgi Gotev
    As a consequence of the Eurozone crisis, racism is on the rise, in the same way that the 1929 crisis inspired anti-Semitism. But this time the scapegoats are Muslims, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a Brussels audience on Thursday (15 January). […] One important message was that the EU, and the West in general, had missed the opportunity provided by the Arab revolutions. The West didn’t mobilize, as it did for Eastern Europe, after the end of the Cold War, Davutoğlu argued. More concretely, he blamed the West for not having supported the “moderate young generation” in Syria, the...
  • Obama says Europe should integrate Muslims to curb terrorism

    01/16/2015 8:51:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2015 | Kathleen Hennessey, White House Correspondent
    President Obama warned Europeans "not to simply respond with a hammer" in working against radicalization among its Muslim populations, and argued that the United States had an advantage on this front because American Muslims are better integrated into society.. “Our Muslim populations, they feel themselves to be Americans. There is, you know, this incredible process of immigration and assimilation that is part of our tradition that is probably our greatest strength,” Obama said Friday, as he stood next to British Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference. “There are parts of Europe in which that's not the case, and...
  • Government to issue jihadi ID cards (Germany)

    01/15/2015 10:47:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jan 2015 11:27 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The cabinet agreed on Wednesday to push for a new law aimed at stopping people from leaving Germany to fight for Islamist movements in the Middle East. Potential jihadists affected by the law would have their ID card confiscated for up to three years and replaced with a new one that does not allow them to travel outside Germany. The original draft law was to confiscate the regular ID cards for only 18 months. The law already allows authorities to confiscate the passports of people suspected of having terrorist connections, but many German citizens who have gone to fight for...
  • Belgian anti-terror raid in Verviers ‘leaves two dead’

    01/15/2015 10:39:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 January 2015 | Last updated at 13:10 ET
    Two people have been killed in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium, local officials say. A third person was wounded during the raid in the town of Verviers, according to Belgian TV. A source in the mayor’s office told AFP news agency that “an operation is under way”. Another official said the raid was “jihadist-related”. …
  • German jihadist says ISIS ‘will conquer Europe’

    01/15/2015 10:08:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Jan 2015 12:56 GMT+01:00
    A German Muslim convert fighting with ISIS has warned his compatriots that Germans should “brace themselves” for terrorist attacks. The German jihadist Christian Emde issued the warning in an interview posted to Facebook by Jürgen Todenhöfer, a journalist who has reported extensively from areas in Iraq and Syria controlled by ISIS. Emde, who was expelled from Britain in 2012 for possessing jihadist publications, said ISIS would eventually seek to take over Europe. “We will one day conquer Europe. We don’t just want to. We will. And we are sure about that.” …
  • Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

    01/14/2015 5:28:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2015 7:13 PM EST
    Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, is defending the absolute right of free speech. Rushdie made the comments Wednesday at the University of Vermont after being asked about last week’s attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12. …
  • Hey France - Kick The Muslims Out Of Your Country And Your Problems Are Over!

    01/13/2015 8:22:23 PM PST · by Mozilla · 31 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 01/12/2015 | Richard Anthony
    So, while watching the evening news, I see the French citizens out marching in the streets holding hands, singing and carrying banners that say "Not Afraid." That's all well and good, but here's a thought...kick the Muslims out of your country and your problems will be solved. The French are finally seeing what multiculturalism and political correctness are really all about. They have allowed invaders to legally immigrate to their country, set-up their own separate system of government, and even go so far as to allow "infidel free zones" where only Muslims are allowed to be. How stupid is that?...
  • Jimmy Carter: Jews 'May Be Safer in France' Than Israel

    01/13/2015 3:22:46 PM PST · by PROCON · 65 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan. 13, 2015 | John Blosser
    Former President Jimmy Carter, blasted in the past for taking the side of Palestinians over that of Israel, has stepped in the Mideast mess again. Carter, responding to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's invitation for Jews in France to emigrate to Israel, said that "on the average" Jews are "safer in France" than they would be in Israel, The Washington Free Beacon reported. After the brutal murders of four Jews in a kosher supermarket by the Islamic terrorists who attacked the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and other anti-Jewish assaults, Jews have been leaving France in increasing numbers,...
  • France Declares War on Radical Islam, Eric Holder Refuses

    01/11/2015 6:52:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    After radical jihadists murdered their way through Paris in a three-day rampage that left 17 dead, France has declared its own war on terror. Appearing on Saturday in Evry, a town just south of Paris, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the country is at war against radical Islam. “We are at war — not a war against a religion, not a war against a civilization, but to defend our values, which are universal,” he proclaimed. “It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity,” Valls continued. “We...
  • French far-right 'barred' from national unity rally

    01/11/2015 9:05:31 AM PST · by lulu16 · 79 replies
    The Local France ^ | 01/ 05/ 15
    Despite the French president calling for “unity” in the light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an almighty row broke out on Thursday after the National Front were not invited to Sunday’s Republican rally. France’s politicians were not able to show their new found unity for long. Just a day after the Charlie Hebdo shooting left 12 dead and had politicians calling for the country to unite, a row between politicians broke out after the National Front were not invited to take part in Sunday’s rally for “national unity” in Paris. For her part Marine Le Pen was furious that the...
  • Sleeper cell awakes France’s worst fears in 3 days of terror

    01/10/2015 9:58:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2015 6:37 PM EST | John Leicester
    Blood-curdling, al-Qaida-inspired murder that tore at the heart of the nation which raised him wasn’t ghoulish enough for Cherif Kouachi. His body, felled by elite soldiers’ bullets and stun grenades, wasn’t yet cold when he also came back from the dead. Kouachi had picked up the phone when a reporter for news channel BFM rang the printing plant, his and his elder brother Said’s final redoubt, where an army of soldiers, police officers, and helicopters cornered them after a 40-plus-hour manhunt through villages and woodlands of northern France. BFM waited until after the brothers and another member of their terror...
  • Eugene Robinson: France attack might have been worse here, because guns

    01/09/2015 5:37:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 9, 2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Nope. “Just to keep it in perspective, I don’t think we should imagine that the conditions and the threat are exactly the same in the United States as they are in France,” he said. “They are different.” “In fact, one thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so, uh, it is actually a very good thing that…that…that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more of that sort of carnage here.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Weapons are universally available in the U.S. you see, unlike France. So, things might have gone down...
  • Former Egyptian MP Reacts to Paris Terror Attack...: France Is the Mother of Terrorism

    01/09/2015 3:43:53 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | Al-Sharq TV (Egypt)
    Muslim Brotherhood TV Host and former Egyptian PM Mamdouh Ismail "The news (about the Paris terrorist attack)shocked the entire world. But let me dwell for a moment on what the French president said at the place of the event. He denounced it and said that this was an unparalleled terrorist crime. These are the well-known political, diplomatic statements regularly made in such incidents." "But I'd like to remind the French president of the history of French terrorism in Algeria. We should point out that it was France that introduced terrorism to the whole world in Algeria. Algeria is not really...
  • The Paralysis of Europe

    01/09/2015 7:54:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The massacre in Paris of the staff of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was an act of terrorism, but also a successful act of war in the clash of civilizations between Islamism and the West. Nor were we lacking for warning signs. In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, a license to kill author Salman Rushdie for his anti-Muslim novel "Satanic Verses." Danish cartoons of the Prophet with his turban in the shape of a bomb caused riots across the Middle East. Charlie Hebdo published them. The vulgarian Theo Van Gogh was carved up alive on a street in Amsterdam...
  • Operation Helicopter: Could Free Money Help the Euro Zone?

    01/09/2015 1:19:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 06, 2015 – 12:22 PM | Anne Seith
    It sounds at first like a crazy thought experiment: One morning, every resident of the eurozone comes home to find a check in their mailbox worth over €500 ($597) and possibly as much as €3,000. A gift, just like that, sent by the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. The scenario is less absurd than it may sound. Indeed, many serious academics and financial experts are demanding exactly that. They want ECB chief Mario Draghi to fire up the printing presses and hand out money directly to the people. The logic behind the idea is that recipients of the money...
  • 57 percent of Germans feel Islam is a threat: poll

    01/09/2015 12:34:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Jan 2015 17:57 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    A survey on Thursday shows that Muslims in Germany feel they are integrating—but a growing majority of Germans feel threatened by Islam in the country. The survey was carried out in November—before the massacre of journalists in Paris by Islamist gunmen—but as the numbers attending anti-Muslim rallies in Dresden and other cities began to escalate. The Bertelsman Foundation think tank survey looked at the perception of Islam in Germany from the eyes of Muslims and non-Muslims. Of the non-Muslims surveyed, 57 percent thought that Islam was threatening or very threatening to German society. …
  • Senior CNN Correspondent in Bizarre Anti-Israel Tirade after Paris Attack

    01/08/2015 10:55:54 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/08/2015 | Ari Soffer
    CNN's veteran news anchor and international correspondent Jim Clancy has provoked controversy after a series of bizarre anti-Israel tweets following Wednesday's deadly terrorist attack in Paris. Journalists throughout the world and from across the political spectrum reacted with horror at the slaughter of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo's Paris offices yesterday. The satirical magazine was targeted by Muslim extremists wielding Kalashnikov rifles, after years of threats and previous attacks by Islamists over several cartoons it published which mocked Islam and Muslim leaders - in addition to countless others mocking other religious and secular figures. Clancy, however, took exception to the...
  • True Soldarity with those slain french Journalists

    01/08/2015 11:40:30 PM PST · by foto · 5 replies
    General world wide revolt against censorship | 1/9/15 | Concerned
    How about a true act of solidarity for your fellow journalists. How about all USA "journalists" concerned with free speech send out an email to every publisher and weekly in the country and they all agree to publish one page of the slain french cartoonists work all on the same day. Every ordinary citizen can also email or post one to. Arrange for it to happen on January 15, 2015. They cant intimidate everyone. This would be a true act of courage and faith. Get enough people and we can shame the rest into acting or better yet see the...
  • After Paris, De Blasio Should Reinstate Mosque Monitoring

    01/08/2015 3:52:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 9, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Security: In the wake of the Islamist terrorist attack in Paris, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani argues to reinstate a policy cancelled by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has arguably left the city as exposed as it was on Sept. 10, 2001. Although the Paris terrorist attack by Islamists has not been linked to any mosque, the historical record is dotted with similar attacks that have such links, including the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Hasan that killed 13 and wounded 31 as the self-proclaimed "Soldier of Allah" shouted "Allahu...
  • France on high alert as Muslims fear backlash

    01/07/2015 5:20:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Local - France ^ | January 8, 2015
    France was on high alert on Thursday the day after a terror attack on a satirical magazine left 12 dead. Muslim leaders have condemned the shootings, but fear there may be a backlash. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The French government has placed the country on the highest state of terror alert after an attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left 12 dead, including two police. Extra security forces were drafted in to secure mosques, synagogues, department stores, shopping centres, train stations and airports, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. Paris announced that an extra 650 soldiers and 2,000 more police officers will...
  • [Ralph] Peters: If They Had Any Guts, All U.S. Papers Would Print Muhammad Cartoons

    01/07/2015 2:35:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 125 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | January 07, 2015 10:24 am | (America’s Newsroom)
    On “America’s Newsroom,” Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) reacted to the deadly terror attack on the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper and called out the “cowardly” English-speaking media. […] Peters said that no publication in the English-speaking world had the guts to take on Islamic fanaticism and mock Islamic fanatics as Charlie Hebdo did. “The correct response to this attack, by all of us in journalism … if we had guts, those cartoons would be reprinted on the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times tomorrow. They won't...
  • Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass

    01/05/2015 11:05:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Dennis B. Ross
    … Palestinian political culture is rooted in a narrative of injustice; its anticolonialist bent and its deep sense of grievance treats concessions to Israel as illegitimate. Compromise is portrayed as betrayal, and negotiations—which are by definition about mutual concessions—will inevitably force any Palestinian leader to challenge his people by making a politically costly decision. But going to the United Nations does no such thing. It puts pressure on Israel and requires nothing of the Palestinians. Resolutions are typically about what Israel must do and what Palestinians should get. If saying yes is costly and doing nothing isn’t, why should we...
  • German inflation lowest since October 2009

    01/05/2015 3:13:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Jan 2015 14:53 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Inflation in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, slowed to just 0.2 percent in December, its lowest level in more than five years, and averaged 0.9 percent for the whole of 2014, according to new figures released on Monday. […] Using the Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP)—the yardstick used by the European Central Bank—inflation in Germany was even lower at 0.1 percent in December, way under the ECB’s annual inflation target of just below 2.0 percent. The chronically low level of inflation across the single currency bloc has fueled concern the region could slip into deflation—a sustained and widespread drop in...
  • US to resume first beef imports from Ireland since mad cow

    01/05/2015 7:50:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2015 8:38 AM EST
    Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country—the first European Union state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago. Simon Coveney, Ireland’s minister for agriculture, food and the marine, issued a statement Monday announcing that access to the lucrative U.S. market came after American authorities inspected Ireland’s beef production systems. Authorities estimate annual exports could be worth at least €25 million ($30 million). …
  • EU calls euro membership ‘irrevocable’ but renegotiable

    01/05/2015 7:28:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2015 10:25 AM EST | Raf Casert
    The European Union’s executive Commission said Monday that membership in the euro bloc is “irrevocable” but left it open to what extent Greece could renegotiate the terms after elections on Jan. 25. Greece’s left-wing Syriza party leads the polls ahead of the elections and is in favor of changing the conditions of the country’s international bailout deal. That would likely anger the rest of the eurozone, which has given Athens the bulk of the rescue loans. […] EU spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt said Monday that if the Greek elections call for a need to reconsider the conditions of Athens’ membership within...
  • Merkel ready to let Greece exit eurozone: report

    01/05/2015 12:33:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jan 2015 10:16 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to let Greece leave the eurozone if Greeks elect a government that jettisons the country’s current austerity course, according to German media reports. The report in the Der Spiegel daily, which cited sources close to the German government, comes as polls show a radical leftist party leading the field three weeks ahead of a snap election in Greece. The Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras has pledged to reverse reforms imposed by Greece’s international creditors and renegotiate its bailout deal. …
  • Tensions simmer in Sweden with third mosque arson attack in past eight days

    01/02/2015 5:29:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/02/2015 00:43 | (JPost.com Staff)
    In a country caught up in a fierce debate on immigration, a third suspected arson attack on a mosque in a week took place in the Swedish city of Uppsala on Thursday. “People saw a man throwing something burning at the building,” police in Uppsala said, adding that the mosque did not catch fire, AFP reported. The suspect had left behind “a text on the door expressing contempt for religion,” the police said. A police spokesman told Swedish news agency TT that the burning object was a Molotov cocktail and that no one was in the building at the time,...
  • NATO Member Turkey Boosts Ties With Hamas; State Dep’t Has No Comment

    01/01/2015 9:16:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 30, 2014 - 5:21 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    A visit to Turkey by Hamas’ top leader and his participation in a convention of the ruling Islamist party is the latest sign that Turkey, a member of NATO, is becoming the key sponsor and ally of a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. Khaled Meshaal met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, before making a guest appearance at a weekend regional congress of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Welcomed onto the platform by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Meshaal received an enthusiastic reception. He endorsed Erdogan and Davutoglu by name, and expressed the hope that together Hamas and Turkey...
  • EU Calls for Peace Talks After PA Fails at UN

    12/30/2014 10:30:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/14
    The European Union’s (EU) foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Tuesday's vote at the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Palestinian statehood underlined the need for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to urgently resume peace negotiations. The Security Council failed to adopt an Arab-backed resolution that would have paved the way to a Palestinian state, setting a 12-month deadline for Israel to reach a final peace deal with the PA and calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria by the end of 2017. The vote "underlines once again the urgency of resuming meaningful negotiations between the...
  • Anti-Semitism is inherently genocidal, says expert

    12/30/2014 7:31:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/31/2014 03:56 | Sam Sokol
    Jew-hatred is by its very nature a violent phenomenon, a leading anti-Semitism researcher told The Jerusalem Post during an interview on Tuesday. While forms of discrimination such as sexism and racism are “repugnant,” both have a certain logic to them in that they express the desire to “control and dominate a certain group of people, [while] the one thing that distinguishes anti-Semitism from other forms of discrimination is that it’s inherently genocidal,” Dr. Charles Asher Small, director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy, said, speaking with the Post during a trip to Israel. …
  • Airbus’s Flagship Plane May Be Too Big To Be Profitable (A380 ‘Super-Jumbo’)

    12/28/2014 9:50:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Manchester Guardian via Business Insider ^ | Dec. 28, 2014, 10:38 AM | Karl West
    Tom Enders stared at the phone on his desk as it began to ring. The Airbus boss had been expecting a call to his office in Toulouse. It was Tim Clark, chief executive of Dubai-based airline Emirates, the biggest buyer of the planemaker’s A380 “superjumbo”. Clark was angry. He wanted to know why Airbus finance director Harald Wilhelm had just raised the prospect of the death of the A380. The aircraft cost $25 billion (£16 billion) to develop, but it has struggled to chalk up the large orders Airbus had envisioned, at $440 million each. So far, it has just...
  • Denmark Just Claimed The North Pole

    12/28/2014 9:45:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 15, 2014, 4:47 PM | Jeremy Bender
    Competition in the Arctic is heating up as Denmark has laid claim to the North Pole. Copenhagen is citing scientific data showing that Greenland, which is an autonomous country within Denmark, sits atop a continental shelf connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Circle. The Associated Press reports that Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said this new information provides the country with a claim to the region and, more critically, the energy resources thought to be in the Arctic. Lidegaard said Denmark would take its claim to the UN for an eventual decision on the control of the area. …
  • Europe Gave the Green Light to Burn a Jewish Child (by de-listing Hamas)

    12/27/2014 9:12:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | Saturday, December 27, 2014 6:24 PM | Giulio Meotti
    Ayala Shapira is an 11 year old Jewish girl. She was badly injured in a Palestinian Arab firebomb attack and suffered life-threatening smoke inhalation and third-degree burns over the majority of her body and face. […] Several days have passed since the attack on Ayala and you will not find a single European official who condemned Arab terrorism and the vicious attempt to burn alive a Jewish girl. Think about it. Burnt alive: the same thing the Nazis did. […] A few days before the attack on the Shapira’s family, the European Union took Hamas off the black list of...